Sunday, September 28, 2014


Address: 11 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9650 3821

Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs (12:00 PM – 12:00 AM),
Fri (12:00 PM – 1:00 AM), Sat (12.30 PM – 1:00 AM),
Sun (12:30 PM – 10:00 PM)

Staff: Well Trained

Price: AUS$5-30

Crushing on: Tostadita de Pollo and Quesadilla de Pollo

Crush Level: 8/10

I wasn’t in the mood to eat as my throat had been torturing me. I kept coughing for almost a month and I lost my voice as well. Despite that stupid sore throat, I decided to keep my promise to visit Mama Sita with my friends.

As I didn’t have any appetite to eat, I didn’t order anything. Instead, my friends order a few things to be shared.

The first one was elote callejero ($5 each). It is a street style grilled corn with queso, chipotle mayo, and lime. I didn’t taste this one as I thought this one would be spicy because of the chili pepper. But overall my friends really enjoy it.

Elote Callejero ($5 each)

Next, we had Tostadita de Pollo ($14/4pcs). It is fried tortilla chips topped with grilled chicken, avocado, chipotle mayo, and queso fresco. I decided to try the dish, as I really love anything with tortilla and chicken involve. The chips were crispy but not hard to be chewed. The chicken was tender and the sauces made it more exciting to be eaten.

Tostaditas de Pollo ($14/4pcs)

We finished our lunch with Quesadilla de Pollo ($13). It is chicken quesadilla with spring onion, corn, chipotle, Mexican cheese, coriander, and queso fresco. I love this quesadilla to the moon and back. The dish was not as greasy as I thought. The chicken was cooked well and the spring onion balanced out the flavour of the cheese.

Quesadilla de Pollo ($13)

Our lunch was so satisfying. I have to say Mamasita is currently my favourite Mexican restaurant in the town. 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014


Address: 366 Lonsdale St,
Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9670 3137 (Walk-In only)


Opening Hours: Lunch: Everyday (11:30 AM – 2:30 PM)
                                  Dinner: Sun-Thurs (5:30 PM – 10:00             PM)
                                                    Fri-Sat      (5:30 PM – 12:00AM)

Staff: Helpful

Price: AUS$5.50-20

Crushing on: Roti Kaya with Vanilla Ice Cream

Crush Level: 7.5/10

When I went to Little Ramen Bar, I saw that there is a crowded Malaysian restaurant called Mamak. I was very curious about the food there so I decided to visit it with my sister.

She ordered the roti canai ($5.50), which I didn’t try. She said that it was really good. (Sorry, I deleted the picture by mistake)

On the other hand, I decided to order the beef satay ($16/dozen). The peanut sauce was excellently sweet but the sad thing was that the beef was quite hard-bitten.
Beef Satay ($16/dozen)
For dessert, I ordered the roti kaya ($8). I really like the fact that the roti was not hard to be chewed and the kaya (coconut and pandan) jam was not too sweet. It matched REALLY well with the vanilla ice cream.

Roti Kaya ($8)
When I was writing this post, it suddenly reminded me about the mouthwatering roti kaya that my stomach had growled twice despite the fact that I had just finished my dinner. Yes, that’s how delicious it was.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ghin Khao

Address: 242 Swanston St., Melbourne VIC

Phone: (03) 9663 3345

Opening Hours: 10:30 AM-10:00PM

Price: AUS$5-20++

Staff: Nice but slow

Crushing on: Green Curry Chicken

Crush Level: 7/10

During the previous month, my family came to visit me in Melbourne. On one occasion, we went out to eat at a random restaurant in cbd area. As we were walking, we found a Thai restaurant that was quite crowded so we decided to eat there.

What I found interesting about the restaurant is their super BIG menu but it also became a nuisance for me because the table was pretty small and there were 6 of us.

Some of the pictures were accidentally deleted by me, so I just discuss those that I have on my phone. I chose the Thai style fried rice with seafood, which was okay. It was a bit sweet for me though. If it were less sweet I would say that the fried rice was perfect.
Thai Style Seafood Fried Rice
The other photo that I manage to save on my phone is the green curry chicken. I’m so thankful that I still have the picture because I have so much to say about it. First of all, the curry broth was savory. It had a perfect amount of seasoning and the chicken, carrots and everything were cooked well. Thumbs up!

Green Curry Chicken
To conclude, everything about this restaurant was good except for the slow service.


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Wat Da Pho

Address: 212 Clarendon St, South Melbourne VIC

Phone: 03 9696 5605

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri (11.30AM-3.30PM) (5.30PM-9.30PM)
                                    Sat (12PM-9PM)

Staff: Attentive

Price: AUS$3.50-$11.80

Crushing on: Tai Nam-Classic pho

Crush Level: 8/10

That night, I neither felt like having dinner at a far restaurant or cooking so I chose to visit a Vietnamese restaurant in the neighbourhood called Wat Da Pho. It was my third visit and the service was still excellent.

I opted for the TaiNam Classic pho ($9.80) with rare sliced beef and beef brisket. The broth was awesome. It was savory. The meat was tender as well. I can’t get enough of this pho.
TaiNam Classic Pho ($9.80)


My sister, who had been my dining partner for the past one and a half months, decided to order DacBiet- The Lot ($11.80) and it really was a LOT. There were rare sliced beef, beef brisket, tendon, tripe, and beef meatballs in the dish. The flavor was more or less the same with the Classic, which is great. She seemed to enjoy her dish too.

DacBiet The Lot ($11.80)
I think my review has summed it all. This restaurant is so worthy to be visited.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Andy's Yum Cha House

Address: 13 Napier St Essendon, VIC

Phone: 03 9370 9888

Opening Hours: WED-SUN: Lunch (11AM-3PM), TUE-SUN (5PM-9PM)

Staff: Need to be more careful

Price: AUS$6-35

Crushing on: Fried Pork Dumpling

Crush Level: 7/10

The insane day began as I encountered a mentally ill man on the tram. Continued on, I was offered a job as an accountant by a stranger. Plus, I was nearly kicked out by the staff in this restaurant.

Maybe, there was still a bit of luckiness in me as a happy old couple finished their lunch just in time and offered their seats to us (me and my sister).

Our first choice of dish was the fried prawn dumpling. The dish was well seasoned and the skin was perfectly crispy.
Fried Prawn Dumplings
We also ordered a crispy pork dumpling, which we thought as being similar to what we had in Mr. Huang Jin (should have read the menu carefully). The dumpling was a bit sticky and the pork was sweet. The skin reminded me of onde (indonesian snack) without the sesame seeds.
Crispy Pork Dumpling
Next, we had a pork ribs. The ribs were tender and the seasoning was correct. Tasty!
Pork Ribs

The last dish was the chicken siumai. It wasn't really remarkable though.

Chicken Siumai
The food was all right but the staff needs to be more careful. We waited for more than half an hour to eat our Xiao Long Bao, which never come out. When we asked for the bill, we were quite surprised to see a dish that we neither ordered nor ate. I couldn’t blame the staff, as he was the only one there who worked as a waiter also a cashier.


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